Plans For Chinese Military Base In Vanuatu

Fairfax media reported on Monday that China & Vanuatu were in discussions to increase China’s military presence in the nation and to possibly make future plans for a large military base. This would be only China’s second military base outside of the mainland, and has reignited concerns about China’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region. This comes as Australia’s influence is seen by many to be declining in the region & has some in the Government worried about a decline in soft & real power.

2SER’s Victor Petrovic interviewed Dr Graeme Smith, a Research Fellow from ANU’s Department of Pacific Affairs.

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